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Going Back to School at Age 40+

Jul 15, 2008
Have you entertained thoughts of going back to school to get a degree or to complete a degree program you started previously, but dismissed the idea because you thought you were too old to go back to school?

When most people think of school, young 18 to 20 year olds come to mind. The reality is that higher learning is not limited to a certain age group. Any person desiring to better themselves by going back to school is entitled and even encouraged to do so, regardless of age.

No person is ever too old to return to school. Going back to school may require a few sacrifices that may push you outside your comfort zone, however, doing so could turn out to be the most beneficial decisions you have ever made.

In 2007, a 95 year old woman by the name of Nola Ochs, became the world's oldest college graduate. She earned a degree in General Studies from Fort Hays State University.

The second oldest college graduate in the world is Mozelle Richardson. She received a degree in journalism at the age of 95 years from the University of Oklahoma in 2004.

If Nola Ochs and Mozelle Richardson can go back to school and successfully earn degrees, so can you. The only thing standing in your way is you. Instead of thinking about being too old to go back to school, think about the benefits of returning to school. Instead of spending time thinking about how it cannot be done, think about how it can be done.

Going back to school is a chance to:

1. Grow professionally.

2. Earn more money.

3. Avoid being passed up for promotions.

4. Career advancement.

5. Come upon new career opportunities.

6. Change Careers.

7. Set an example for children/grandchildren.

8. Achieve educational goals.

9. Accomplish educational goals.

10. Demonstrate the importance of education to your children/grandchildren.

A commitment to continuous learning is essential to living life abundantly. Knowledge is power.

There are numerous programs and scholarships for non traditional students. For instance, mature women 40 and over, may apply for the AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program. For more information visit www.aarpfoundationwlc.org
About the Author
M. Taylor is a Living Life Abundantly Motivator and Mentor. Living life abundantly is a continuous process of training and transforming our minds to achieve optimal living. For more information visit www.LivingLifeAbundantly.com
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